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Old 12-29-2002
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Folkboat Eira

My father-in-law and his son are currently rebuilding Val Howells’s Folkboat, Eira. She took forth in the first Observer’s Single-handed TransAtlantic Race. She was in pretty rough shape and plans were averted to cut her bow section off to make some strange furniture.

Fred and Tom are working hard to put her back into sailing condition. So far, they have replaced the keel, most of the deadwood and the upper stem. All of the frames look to be in great shape but much of the planking still needs work as well as the cabin, cockpit and interior.

Tom’s talking about shipping her to the UK and sailing her back in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Observer’s race and they’re doing a great job of putting her back together to handle that task.

If you have and personal experiences, information or insight about Eira, we’d love to hear from you. There isn’t a website set up yet so you can post me a note here or e-mail me at

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I don''t know much about Eira but I owned a 1949 lapstrake Folkboat back in the early 1970''s. She was one of the first Folkboats brought into the US. She was imported to Miami where she was called Ballerina. She was one of my favorite boats of all of the boats that I have owned. An absolute pleasure to sail.

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